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June 22, 2021 – Provincial government update on the COVID-19 pandemic

Here is an update on recent decisions and actions by the Québec government in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

All of Québec will enter the green zone on Monday, June 28

Québec Premier François Legault announced today that all regions of Québec will transition to the green zone on Monday, June 28, which means further easing of restrictions.

In private homes, up to 10 people from different addresses or occupants of three households will be allowed to gather indoors. Mask wearing is recommended if two-metre distancing cannot be respected. Fully vaccinated individuals will be able to remove their masks indoors. Outdoor gatherings will be allowed for a maximum of 20 people.

Restaurants and bars will be authorized to seat up to 10 people from different addresses or occupants of three households at the same table, while up to 20 people will be allowed to sit together outside.

Places of worship, meanwhile, will be able to welcome up to 250 seated people, while the limit for wedding ceremonies will be 25 indoors and 50 outdoors.

Festivals and major events

 Premier Legault also said that as of Friday, June 25, outdoor festivals and large events with a maximum of 3,500 spectators per site will be allowed.

Outdoor sports events will also be authorized, with a maximum of 50 players and 50 spectators. For indoor sports, the limit will be 25 athletes and 25 onlookers.

Second dose of Moderna at walk-in clinics

 People who received the Pfizer vaccine for their first dose will now have the option of receiving the Moderna vaccine for their second dose.

Québec is expecting 2.6 million doses of Moderna the weeks of June 28 and July 5.

Starting tomorrow, June 23, people will be able to request the Moderna vaccine at walk-in clinics, regardless of which vaccine they received for their first dose.

Eight weeks is still the recommended dose interval, even for those who choose to mix vaccines.

 The importance of getting a second shot

 Premier Legault announced that 80% of adults in Québec have now received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

He reminded everyone, however, that it is important to get a second dose, because a return to a normal life will be possible once 75% of Quebecers have been fully vaccinated, a milestone that is expected to be reached in late August.

Québec’s public health director, Dr. Horacio Arruda, added that people being fully vaccinated is essential to more activities being permitted.

Public health authorities also noted that someone who has contracted COVID-19 and has received one vaccine dose will be allowed to get a second dose if they feel it is necessary—for example, if they are planning to travel internationally.